Re: virus: Dawkins is an idiot

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Wed, 13 Nov 1996 21:42:45 -0800 (PST)

> At 02:59 AM 28/08/70 +0000, David Leeper wrote:
> I don't think I'm being subjective. One of the great puzzles of
> evolution was why do peacocks grow those enormous tails? It takes
> a lot of energy to grow the tails and they are at a disadvantage
> when it comes to escaping predators. It is not a subjective opinion.
> (The answer, BTW, is sexual selection. An adjunct to natural
> selection, but certainly not non-Darwinian.)

Actually, sexual selection is "non-Darwinian", since Darwin didn't, I
believe, suggest or discuss it. It is not, however, anti-Darwinian, in
that it doesn't deny any of Darwin's theory. Which is probably what you